Do you feel like I used to feel?  

You’ve done all the right things – got a degree, picked the right jobs, had your achievements recognized and enjoyed financial success.  But you keep struggling with overwork, self-doubt and perfectionism.  You feel like you never have enough – time or money or whatever it is you want.  You feel stressed by your long hours, financial responsibilities and the never-ending demands you seem to encounter almost every day.    You’ve become so used to putting everyone’s needs ahead of your own that you’ve forgotten how to claim time for yourself to pursue your passions, relax or just enjoy life.

Sometimes you wake up with an empty feeling in your gut, as if you’ve lost touch with your soul.  You  sense that there is something bigger out there for you, but you don’t know how to find it.  There is something you’d love to be doing, but you don’t think it’s possible for you.  There is something you’d love to offer the world, but you keep finding reasons to hold yourself back.

If you find yourself nodding in recognition at a lot of this, you’re not alone.  In fact, you might be surprised if you knew just how many other accomplished people secretly share this feeling of lack.

That’s one of the privileges I enjoy as a life coach.  I get to see how the human mind works.  I get to see the full range of human emotions.  I get to see just how similar we all are, regardless of our accomplishments and outward successes.

Because one of the most important parts of coaching is holding space for all of my clients’ thoughts and feelings, not just the pretty ones.    This is so important because awareness is always the first step you need to take to start to move your life in a new direction. 

I have a question for you.  And I want you to take a moment, take a deep breath and notice how your body responds to the question I’m going to ask you now.  Here it is:  ARE YOU LIMITING YOURSELF FROM BEING ALL THAT YOU COULD BE?

One of the things I’ll show you if you work with me is that your body is your truth teller.  If you don’t believe this yet, don’t worry.  I won’t be sharpening my legal skills to convince you.  We’ll do experiments so you’ll see it for yourself.  And if you can’t feel your body’s response to my question at all, don’t worry about that either.  That is not rare and is also a skill I also teach to my clients.

So, for those of you who could feel your body’s response, was your answer yes?

If I’d asked myself this question six years ago, my body, if I’d known how to read it, would definitely have said yes.  And it wouldn’t have been because I wasn’t the best tax lawyer or the best leader I could be.  It would have said yes because I wasn’t BEING all I could be in the world.  I wasn’t showing up as my highest self.  I wasn’t showing up in a way that fueled me and made me feel energized and purposeful.

I’d known for a long time that something was missing, but my search for answers never seemed to yield anything that was helpful for more than a few days or weeks.

My brain told me that my options were to either keep on grinding OR completely give up my lifestyle, put on some robes, head to the mountains and search for meaning.  (My brain has always tended towards the dramatic!)

And then, one day, everything changed and I did decide to take a huge leap.  I left my career as an international tax lawyer, taught myself to paint and became a full-time artist.  (And no, this isn’t the normal trajectory that I recommend!)

I wasn’t able to shift my life in a sudden and radical way because I suddenly became artistic, courageous or fearless.  I simply had an experience that opened me up to what was possible.  It was like I had put on new glasses and could see everything in a different way.  And it felt so good that I wanted to dive in.

And so that’s what I did.  And in my case, that kind of leap was what was right for me.

My transition, as it turned out was hard and challenging, magical and beautiful, all at once. 

As I made huge changes in my own life, I kept encountering former colleagues, as well as new friends, who continued to grapple with the same questions I’d asked myself for so long.  They often remarked that they wished they could do what I’d done.  Meaning that they wished they could feel delighted about their lives in the same way they saw me delighted about mine.

I knew that they wanted to find answers, but I also knew that many people wouldn’t be prepared for the kind of wholesale changes I had made in my own life.  I knew that everyone needs to follow their own path.  And I also knew that small shifts could equally change how people feel about their lives.

I developed a deep desire to help people navigate through their obstacles and blocks and experience their lives with more joy, a greater sense of fulfilment, meaning and worthiness.  

I decided to train as a life coach to supplement the skills I’d picked up over the years as a lawyer and leader in my field, and from all my experiences and the lessons I’d learned as I’d transformed from lawyer to artist.   And through all of this, I developed new ways of showing people how to approach their lives differently, stand in their own power and feel the way they want to feel.  I learned how to teach my clients to create a life they love, whether that entailed a significant change like I jhad made (rare) or simply required small, incremental, yet life enhancing steps (more often). 

So that is what I do now.  And what I can offer to you.

I do this in two ways. I offer one-on-one online Love Your Life Again coaching packages.  And now I’m also able to offer two live coaching programs at GRACE in Prince Edward County: solo Creative Soul Intensives and Love Your Life Again group coaching retreats.  The live coaching options are for people who want to de-stress and get away for a few days to learn some life altering skills, either alone or in community.   I’m able to offer the live options now because GRACE is finally completed and ready for visitors!  (For those of you who don’t follow me on social media, GRACE is the beautiful, restorative workshop and retreat space I’ve spent the last year building on a peaceful, nature-filled acreage in Prince Edward County.)

If any of what I’ve said strikes a chord and you’d like to find out more about what it might be like to work with me, let’s chat.   Jump on a free personal strategy session and we’ll talk through your issues and challenges and decide whether one of my coaching programs could help you find your answers.   If you’d like to join me, just click on this link to schedule your call.

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